If what is currently happening in Scottish public life were occurring in Dagestan we should not hesitate to dismiss it as a failed state. Apologies for returning so soon to events on the even more dysfunctional side of Hadrian’s Wall, but the accelerating pace of the Sturgeon government’s death spiral requires recording.

The polite “Have a good weekend” which colleagues presumably directed at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at close of play last Friday evening must have assumed an ironic texture as that weekend unfolded. On Saturday she learned that, following a complaint by Alex Salmond, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had launched a criminal investigation into the leak to a tabloid newspaper of the fact that a Scottish government inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations against Salmond had resulted in referral of the complaints to the police.